Fortress provides leading hardware and software products to ensure secure communications. The Company’s core technology, Secure Packet Shield, is a patented system of network-layer data encryption, data compression, user authentication, and data integrity assurance. Fortress products are designed for use in Virtual Private Network and cable modem architecture. Co-investors are Sutro Venture Partners and c-Corn.net.
Champion Broadcasting Corporation
Champion Broadcasting Corporation (“Champion”) was a radio station broadcasting company with an emphasis on acquiring and building AM/FM duopolies. The company’s strategy was to acquire multiple stations in regional rural markets that complemented each other. Once the stations’ management teams were consolidated, Champion reduced general and administrative costs on the operation of the stations. Customers gained the advantage of having a single operator that was able to provide advertising on multiple stations at a savings to the customer. Advantage Capital exited this investment in 1998 when Champion sold all of its assets to Capstar Acquisition Company, Inc.
Wireless One, Inc.
Wireless One, Inc. (“Wireless One”) developed and operated wireless cable, television video systems for 34 rural southeast markets. In 1995, Wireless One merged with Heartland Cable TV and completed an initial public offering (NASDAQ: WIRL). The company also raised in excess of $350 million through public offerings of debt securities. Wireless One subsequently merged with True Vision in 1996 and was ultimately acquired in 1999 by MCI WorldCom.
Birch Telecom, Inc
Kansas City, Missouri
Birch Telecom provides integrated communication services to small and medium-sized business and residential customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Its wide range of services includes local dial tone and long-distance telephone service, telephone systems and equipment, Internet and high bandwidth data service, web hosting, and integrated voice and voice transmission.
InSciTek Microsystems, Inc.
Fairport, New York
InSciTek believes small businesses should have access to the same advanced information and communication technologies as big enterprises. The Allworx 10x provides businesses with all the mission-critical communications support they need in a single system. It combines PBX and Key phone functionality with PC network services, secured Internet access, remote office, group collaboration tools and messaging software such as email, voicemail, unified messaging, follow-me calling, and group calendaring.
Commack, New York
Invision.com provides managed network services to middle-market companies. The company offers clients an outsourced solution for web application development, maintenance, monitoring, and connectivity.
Commerciant, LP is the leader in wireless, handheld payment processing technology. The company’s Mobilescape solution enables its customers in industries such as airlines, delivery services, residential services and restaurants to accept payments everywhere, delivering increased revenues and operational efficiencies while reducing risk. Mobilescape provides Commerciant’s customers with a complete wireless payment processing solution.